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under their argument we can get rent control on all new crux in san francisco as long as we allow or require the developers to putt one more unit than the zoning allows. that's not what the court is going to say. thank you. supervisor mar: thank you. if there's no one else that would like to speak -- please come forward. last speaker. >> i am mark christian son, president of the merced suspension triangle neighborhood association. i wasn't going to speak but after listening i want to comment. first of all, what benefit will there be to the existing surrounding neighborhoods? especially the neighborhood i litsch in, directly across the street. 16-20 berps, new residents, added traffic and gridlock. the pier five improvements are something that should come before the project and any
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guarantees that they will be fully implemented? that's the key. finally, metna will ask for air and sam: sampling during demolition and continue it throughout the project. who will pay? it should be paid jointly by stellar management frortress group and perhaps the san francisco health department to ensupera fair and impartial monitoring system. thank you. supervisor mar: tough. no more speakers after this person. >> very quickly. like the previous speaker, i really didn't intend to speak. after having heard the various arguments this morning and having done a cursory read-through of supervisor's chiu's revisions, i would just like to ask all of you as individuals of integrity that i
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know you are to maybe put this on continuance, postponement. there's a complex web of interwoven issues that need a little bit more thoughtful time. thank you. >> thank you. so with no other public speakers, public comment is closed and the item is in the hands to have committee members. president chiu, did you want to wrap up? >> i want to again thank the members of the public for all of the deep thinking and all the work that folks have spent over the years and i also want to apologize that a number of us have had to come in and out. we also had a transportation meeting as which we had to cast votes. all that said i wanted to ask a couple of questions of the deputy city attorney on some of the questions raised by some of the opponents.
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mr. preston and i spent time yesterday talking about the palmer decision and whether that should be a precedence in this decision. i want you to talk about that and why that is not a reason that suggests this agreement would be unforcible. >> yes, the palmer decision, as you know, deals with a different situation. it deals with the law of general applicability. >> can you explain what that is? >> it's a city ordinance akin to our b.m.r. program, affordable units, and requiring that developers, in the future, when they receive development rights from the si that -- city that they basically are required to adopt a certain amount of b.m.r. while we've looked at that decision and read it and considered it in light of all
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the advice we've given to you today and in this matter, there are pieces of that decision that inform everything that we've told you about today. however, that is not a decision that deals with the development agreement or replacement rent control under the agreement. supervisor mar: in any conversations with the developer, i have repeatedly asked the city attorney's office as well as the developer to provide my colleagues and isom information about how courts might look at that. we have received a copy of a memo from a former california supreme court justice reviewing this development agreement. i know this is a document that can be public. i want to go through some of the announcements in this and understand from you what your thoughts are. essentially the announce is that
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the former supreme court justice goes through and may aide has a copy of this. under costa hawkins, this parkmerced contract comes squarely within the provisions of what is permitted. costa hawkins does allow for exceptions when a city contributes, makes city contributions or other forms of assistance. and the document on page two and three list the various forms of assassins that the city is providing that according to supreme court justice reynosa would allow the city and developmenter to allow to agree on an agreement that would be exaptable to costa hawkins. >> i have just received this opinion for the first time and i quickly scanned it but it does
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reiterate what we have included in the text of the development agreement, about reliance on the exception of costa hawkins for the forms of assassins given to the city under the state bonus statutes. so it appears to be giving an opinion based on their review of the development agreement and the specific things the city is giving to the developer in the development agreement that we sit with the express exception that's in costa hawkins for contracts with public entity that is provide assassins. supervisor chu: thank you. i certainly appreciate that change is not easy. change is actually scary. what i have been as concerned about with regards to this development agreement, though, is what happens if we don't move forward with protecting ten yanlts and moving forward with a
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project like this. i think we all know that in the near future with -- if we don't succeed with the approach we will need to do very significant construction to the units in parkmerced that will be passed in significant ways to the tenants, or more likely, the owner of the project will very likely need to sell off parcels of this project in a piecemeal way that will likely also involve tenants and also novel significant disruption to the community in order to keep park merced moving forward. from my perspective we don't have a lot of great options but i think this agreement not only lays out a vision that is part of what i think the future of the city should be, but i think with all of the amendments that i have made creates, in addition to the protections that we've
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already seen in the agreement, a lot of significant protections that i think are critical to helping protect the future of the ten nanlts and working families that live within parkmerced. with that, colleagues, i would like to ask that you could adopt these as pieces of the underlying agreement and move this forward. mar-mile-an-hour thank you, supervisor chu. supervisor wiener? it's been moved and seconded. now discussion? >> this is on the amendment? >> yeah, on the amendment. >> i can't hear you. supervisor mar: there's been a motion and a second on the amendment and now we're discussing the amendments. >> i want to thank president chu, who i know has spent enormous amount of time on this subject and who i know has really worked hard to try to tighten up the tenant
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protections so that this goes beyond the protections that were proved by trinity plaza and so i'm very supportive of these amendments and will be voting to support them. supervisor mar: thank you. supervisor cohen? supervisor cohen: supervisor, chu, thank you very much for your work and your leadership in trying to protect the renters. i would have to say i share some of the sentiments in the folks in the audience today who just received the amendments last minute. i would have prevored to have had more time to review them and have an opportunity to fully process and digest the amendments. with that said, i also had a breach conversation with michael yarney yesterday. i am in favor and will support the amendment you're proposing today but in the future we honor
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the process and give everyone an opportunity to speak to the proposed amendments. thank you. supervisor mar: i appreciate president chu and his office, all the work that was done. i wish the ten nanlt organizations were more a part of the discussion but it sounds like your intent is to increase and improve the conditions for existing conditions. i wanted to ask our legal counsel. are these substantive or could they be moved forward today? >> the amendments that were made to the development agreement are within the scope of the agreement that was noticed for your hearing today. so if you wanted to move them forward, you could do so without requiring additional public comment. supervisor mar: ok. so i guess i will be supportive to have amendments, but like
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supervisor cohen, i do feel that there hasn't been enough transparency of the process and that we need much more discussion on a number of the mitigations and the question of the protection of the rent controlled units still to me is not rock solid. so i definitely hear the comments from the -- a number of the tenant organizations. in all of a sudden and i don't feel comfortable with moving anything forward without further vetting by many of the stakeholder groups that are here today but i'll support the amendment. supervisor chu? supervisor chu: most of these amendments came out of conversations with tenant advocates in recent weeks and months. so i do know that not all the members of the public here had a chance to see them but i certainly appreciate the perspective of our colleagues on this. these are complicated issues and certainly we will in the coming
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weeks have time for folks to evaluate the language here and i will obviously continue to meet with folks to receive feedback on that. with that obviou hands of the committee. supervisor mar: colleagues, can we move the amendments without objection? now on the amended items, supervisor wine summer supervisor wiener: thank you, mr. chairman. i am -- i move that we forward items two through five to the board and that's without recommendation because we have not voted -- we do not have a certified e.i.r. so we need to do it without recommendation. so we have had this -- this project has been around and discussed for years. there have been an enormous number of hearings whether at the planning commission before this committee, before full
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board of supervisorses with a very lengthy e.i.r. hearing. every conceivable view has been expressed, every point of discussion has been had. the development agreement has been tightened in terms -- in various respects including on the ten nanlt protection issues. we held a lengthy closed session with the city attorney's office to receive additional advice about the costa hawkins and related issues. i believe we have the information that we need to move this forward to the board. and i want to give mr. omerberg and others credit for being candid that these protections are not going to convince the opponents -- the opposition to
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this is pretty fundamental and i truly respect that position, but i don't think that a continuance is going to change anything in terms of the dynamics around this process and if i thought that there would be a chance to actually come up with a consensus, i'd be the first to support a continuance, but i have not heard anything at all during the course of this project that would lead me to believe that anything approaching a consensus could be had, unfortunately. i do move that by -- we forward it to the full board without recommendation. supervisor mar: also at our mar 24 later today? supervisor wiener: correct. supervisor mar: other comments, colleagues? i'm going to be voting against the motion. but i appreciate the harmed work of mr. michael yarney and mr. swits can i and alan ball from
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planning. there are great parts of the project, especially the transportation tier five improvements that supervisor elsbernd raised that would not happen but for this profpblgt also the e planning and sustainable planning that is being developed is very positive. but like many of the speakers in the audience, including three planning commissioners, miss marshall from the rent board and many community based organizations, i have many questions about the project, especially, the as mr. preston called it. the clear cutting of the 1,500 rent controlled units. i'm still not convinced that it's not too risk withy and it's not a rock solid guarantee that those units will exist for the
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future. i feel that a lot of the speakers have raised questions about the need for rent controlled housing. i'm acknowledging the positive aspects of the project but i feel it's too risky for those units. so i will be voting against the motion and still feel we need more time to fully vet this project but i do appreciate supervisor wiener's proposal. if there are no other comments, could we have a roll call? supervisor elsbernd is here as well. supervisor wean summer >> on the motion of items two through five to the full board without recommendations. supervisor cohen? supervisor cohen: aye. >> supervisor wiener? supervisor wiener: iowa. >> supervisor mar? supervisor mar: no. the meeting at 2:00 p.m. today.
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thank you so much, everyone. any other items on the agenda? >> no, there are no further items. supervisor mar: so with no other items, the meeting is adjourned. thank you. >> i work with the department of environment and we are recycling oil. thank you. we can go into a refinery and we can use it again. they do oil changes and sell it anyway, so now they know when a ticket to a. hal>> to you have something you
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want to get rid of? >> why throw it away when you can reuse it? >> it can be filtered out and used for other products. >> [speaking spanish] >> it is going to be a good thing for us to take used motor oil from customers. we have a 75-gallon tank that we used and we have someone take it from here to recycle. >> so far, we have 35 people. we have collected 78 gallons, if
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not more. these are other locations that you can go. it is absolutely free. you just need to have the location open. you are set to go. >> good morning, everyone. i am the director of neighborhood business development for the office of work force development. thank you for coming. this is the kickoff of small business week as well as a celebration of the accomplishments of our small business revolving loan fund, which we have been working on for about six months. i would like to start by introducing the mayor, and we will continue by hearing from
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supervisor wiener as well as our administrator for the loan fund, and finally, the owner of this great new business. mr. mirkarimi -- mr. mayor. mayor lee: thank you. i cannot think of a better way to celebrate the kickoff of small business week than to be right on valencia in the small business just started that has been the recipient along with some 27 other small businesses that have worked really hard to get to a place where they can be and allow the city to contribute and help. we did not hear a lot of times -- we hear a lot of complaints about how the city has not been doing things, but thanks to our small business commission, which is here today, and they're wonderful work and their director who has been advising me on a number of fronts -- their wonderful work and their director who has been advising me on a number of fronts, and
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supervisor wiener, who had a chance to open up a farmer's market in glen park with me yesterday. we never do it alone. whenever our city is working together, we have to find people who know how to communicate with small businesses, drill down to what they need, and then work with our policy makers like the small business commission and their staff, but really help in figuring out what it is that a limited amount of money -- and it is really limited when you are only talking about $680,000 in very tight economic times -- to be able to spread that around to 27 different businesses, help and make sure that a company like mission cheese, which is probably gone through a huge jury just to get here, can be directly helped to be opened and sustained success -- which has probably gone through a huge
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journey just to get here. we do not want to start things that cannot be successful. the whole game is about not only surviving the economic challenge, but as we recover -- and we are recovering in our economy -- that the small businesses will be successful, and they will grow, and they will sustain themselves, and they will be at the heart of what i think is a revival of the whole of valencia. when you walk valencia and look at all the vacancies that have erupted over the past few years, and to see small business is coming back, you will know that everyone is struggling, but they want to make it happen. i really wanted to emphasize this morning how many different journeys people have had in making themselves successful and how the city has been able to get them here and the great journey and the great story we are going to hear from sarah and
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from family -- from emily. i want you to listen to sarah when she talks about how she got here and how she got the milk from those cows. [laughter] whether they are california or from maine or wisconsin, how did that milk and up into this lovely artisan cheese that she is making for our residents and visitors? i think the great journey will be when sarah talks about how she found her way to establish in san francisco. the greatest journey i hear are people who take up that opportunity, when they come into san francisco and make their home here. that is a wonderful journey because it has many more stories to tell about how young entrepreneurs who start their families and then grow. that is the story about small businesses. i want to join all of you here
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in celebration. we will hear about other businesses, but it begins with these very personal stories and, really, how this milk and cheese got here, but how sarah got here through all of her work and study and how she could perform something very unique and contribute to the great businesses that sustain san francisco. with that, scott, come on up. [applause] supervisor wiener: thank you, mr. mayor. i represent this district on the board of supervisors. we always talk about how important small business is in terms of creating jobs, in terms of having interesting neighborhoods where we have unique businesses and not a complete takeover by chain stores, but then, we do not always put our money where our mouth is, and we make it difficult sometimes for small businesses to succeed.
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in my office, at least once a week, we learned of a new arcane regulations or permit or fee or something preventing small businesses from succeeding. so it is so nice and so productive when the city is able to take a pro-active steps to help small businesses financially -- take a pro-active steps -- take pro-active steps to help small businesses financially. we have a real diverse array of interesting small businesses, so i am proud that we have been able to do this, and especially what we have been able to do on valencia's street. so congratulations and best of luck. -- especially what we have been able to do on valencia st.. >> a quick word before emily
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speaks. the money is critical, but what we have seen is the really critical things the city can do. one of the things that we like working solution so much is not just that they are able to make loans but the kind of business solutions they are able to give to owners, so i just wanted to put in that little plug. [applause] >> good morning. i am the executive director of working solutions, and i also am so excited to be here to kick off small business week this year as we celebrate the success of mr. and cheese. sarah, congratulations on all your hard work and achieving your dream. we all wish you success. sarah is the perfect example of the hard-working, tenacious, inspiring, and created under for nor -- creative and entrepreneur that has received assistance from working solutions and san
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francisco. two years ago, the city had the leadership to prioritize access for capital to small businesses. at that time, credit access was at record lows, and even today, still, access to capital remains one of the single biggest challenges that a small business can face. particularly startup businesses like mission cheese. working solutions was selected to administer the loan fund, and that gave us the opportunity to do what we do best -- getting capital to entrepreneurs who need it most. working solutions uses its expertise to see the potential in an entrepreneur is like sarah -- entrepreneurs like sarah. plus, working solutions is committed to long-term -- to the long-term success of each business. what we do in addition to every
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loan is provide five years of business coaching, advising, and mentoring. the san francisco loan fund has been a bright spot in a dismal economy. has been extremely successful in creating jobs and economic development. for example, in just weeks that mission cheese has been open, sarah has already created five new jobs and the loan fund overall has created 50 new jobs. working solutions, through this loan fund, has made 27 loans to businesses. the interest rate is low and fixed at 4% to 6%. we have lent out close to the entire $680,000 of the original lending capital, and 100% of those businesses are repaying their loans. as the funds revolve, they
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become available for additional businesses. the funds are used for different things like marketing, hiring new employees, purchasing equipment, tenant improvements, and more. the types of businesses that have benefited from the city loan fund range from salons, cafes, retail shops -- all different types of businesses throughout the city of san francisco. these are exactly the kind of very unique businesses that make san francisco the diverse city that it is. i also wanted to point out that a few of our loan recipients in the city have also graduated and able to later on success -- access traditional bank financing. two of those have been able to move on to get traditional loans. i would like to really thank the community partners that working solutions works with. we